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Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers 'La Musique Du Temps' Collection (And Other New Pieces From Les Cabinotiers)

Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers ‘La Musique Du Temps’ Collection (And Other New Pieces From Les Cabinotiers)

There are not many watchmaking substances on the planet capable the sort of top of the line, bespoke, and novel work found in the watches of Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers. This is the department answerable for 2015’s record-breaking ref. 57260, the most complicated watch on the planet, as well as the Celestia Astronomical Complication and the Symphonia Grande Sonnerie . All of them are novel pieces that marked important firsts either for watchmaking in general or for the Geneva maison. Today in Singapore, Vacheron introduced the latest batch of stand-out Les Cabinotiers models to a gathering of press. They incorporate a shocking assortment of tolling watches that pay accolade for the field of music, “La Musique du Temps,” as well as a handful of finely executed stand-out models that incorporate other high complications, rare crafts, or both. 

One of the most fascinating aspects of “La Musique du Temps” is that each one of a kind piece is being offered with an original sonic print recorded by Britain’s Abbey Road Studios, filling in as a certificate of sorts. Consistently repeater or sonnerie has its own volume, tonality, and acoustical quality, obviously, and Vacheron has depended one of the world’s famous chronicle studios to capture the sound of each watch so it tends to be introduced to its eventual owner. I think it’s implied that dropping 11 tolling high complications – which, in several cases incorporate other high complications as well – isn’t exactly the sort of thing you see each day, and certainly not external the halls of a trade show.

The following unique pieces were introduced a couple of days ago to a gathering of the brand’s top customers, who had a chance to review them. HODINKEE was available for today’s press announcement, and we plan to bring you live pics and more details of several of these models in the coming days. All costs are upon request.

'La Musique du Temps' Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin – A Romantic Note

The minute repeater you see here is a one of a kind piece introduced in pink gold with a grand feu enamel dial, with a classic plan comprising of a railroad chapter and large arabic numerals. It’s a  wearable 41mm in diameter and 8.5mm thick, with a profile roused by the historical ref. 4261, an understated Vacheron Constantin minute repeater introduced in 1941. While not brand new, the cal. 1731 development in the model presented today in Singapore is an advancement of the earlier, and marginally more slender, brief repeater caliber of 1992, however this fresher one gives a more drawn out force hold of 65 hours. At 3.9mm, it’s slim for a ringing watch development. Vacheron says that they have designed the integration of the case and the development for optimal sound quality and volume.

'La Musique du Temps' Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar – A Perfect Combination

“Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar – A Perfect Combination” in white gold.

These two unique moment repeater perpetual calendars – the first in white gold and the second in pink – combine two of the most technically sophisticated complications in watchmaking. Making them considerably more special is their slenderness, which was a great goal in their plan, Vacheron says. The cal. 1731QP measures 5.7mm thick, and each cased-up watch winds up at an entirely wearable 42mm in diameter and 10.44mm thick. Each is fitted with a 18k guilloché dial decorated with a sunray pattern emanating from the central axis, and each has gold hands and markers (white for the white gold model and pink for pink). While interesting, these watches are similar to another pair of Cabinotiers pieces released in January and covered by at the time by Jack.

“Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar – A Perfect Combination” in pink gold.

'La Musique du Temps' Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart – A Celestial Note

Following in the strides of  extremely complicated wristwatches from the Cabinotiers, similar to the Celestia Astronomical Complication and Symphonia Grande Sonnerie, is this tourbillon with minute repeater and its sky chart worn on its back. Vacheron says it was motivated by work done on its pivotal Tour de l’Ile anniversary watch of 2005, made to mark the company’s 250th anniversary. At the heart of the Minute Repeater Tourbillon Sky Chart  –a  Celestial Note is the 413-part caliber 2755 TMRCC. Its protracted name focuses to its three complications and that the development is gotten from the caliber 2755, which is usually held for exceptionally complicated wristwatches. The sky chart on the back of the watch portrays the Milky Way and other celestial bodies; it rotates once like clockwork and 56 minutes to relate with sidereal time, which is  displayed on the outskirts of the back.

'La Musique du Temps' Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons

Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons Autumn (left) and Summer (right).

In a portion of my early experiences with Vacheron Constantin, I recall being struck by the company’s deft incorporation of artistic crafts in its watchmaking. Various sorts of enamel work regularly appear in Vacheron’s assortments, as have traditional Japanese methods, for example, maki-e and urushi lacquer. The company even created an entire arrangement of watches that portrayed traditional masks worn in societies around the world. Here, in four beautiful moment repeater tourbillon models paying accolade for each of the seasons, we have dials made of champlevé enamel, a traditional procedure that requires the collaboration of two extraordinary and exceptionally specialized ranges of abilities. To start with, each of the dials is engraved in gold bas-alleviation to create “compartments” for the enamel to be applied and terminated. Approximately 15 firings are needed to capture the clear shadings that you find in these pieces.

Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons Winter

That’s not all, obviously. Each dial portrays an alternate scene of a swimming carp, and subsequently, requires its own shading palette, which has been matched to its watch case, made of either yellow gold, pink gold, white gold, or platinum. 

Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons Tourbillon Spring

'La Musique du Temps' Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie – The Sixth Symphony

For many horophiles and watchmakers, the grand sonnerie is the end-game with regards to high-complications. The first wristwatch with a grand  and petite sonnerie was made by in all honesty living watchmaking legend Philippe Dufour in 1992, and remarkably hardly any others, including huge brands, have followed with their own grand sonnerie wristwatches. According to its archives, Vacheron made a grande and petite sonnerie pocket watch with minute repeater in 1817. It appeared its first Grande Sonnerie wristwatch as a Cabinotiers piece at SIHH 2017, and today they are introducing another adaptation as the Les Cabinotiers Symphonia Grande Sonnerie – The Sixth Symphony. It depends upon the same caliber that controlled its first wristwatch grand sonnerie of two years ago, caliber 1860, which isn’t only a grande sonnerie and a unimposing sonnerie, yet in addition brief repeater. This new watch comes in a beautiful pink-gold case and a dial adorned with a cross weave guilloché pattern. The sides of the case are also decorated, not with a pattern, but rather with  a bas-help engraving of the score to Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. 

The side of the case features a bas-help engraving of notes from the score of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.

As with the original Symphonia Grande Sonnerie, this new form is an interesting piece. It’s crafted in 18-karat pink gold and measures a large however not inconvenient 45mm in diameter and 15.1mm thick. Which is saying something when you consider that the development alone comprises 727 components. 

'La Musique du Temps' Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin – The Dance Of Gemstones

The last two new pieces in the Musique du Temps line of Cabinotiers ringing watches are a his and hers pair of moment repeaters with eggshell white grand feu enamel dials, applied ruby hour markers and, on account of the smaller 39mm adaptation, diamond-set bezel, drags, and crown. Regardless of their small distinction in size (the larger adaptation is 41mm in diameter), the two watches feature the same flimsy caliber we saw in the Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin – A Romantic Note. This is cal. 1731, the 3.9mm thick manually twisted moment repeater with approximately 65 hours of force reserve. 

Les Cabinotiers – La Caravelle 1950

Moving on from La Musique du Temps, we are taking a gander at the first of the non-tolling special Cabinotier pieces released today, and it is a shocker. This cloisonné enamel masterpiece with fancy drags was delivered in homage to a 1950 enamel dialed wristwatch that dwells in the Vacheron Constantin Heritage Department. Named La Caravelle, concerning early ocean-going caravels utilized by Portuguese travelers in the Age of Discovery, the enamel image of a boat was executed by the atelier of the celebrated enameler Anita Porchet. Naturally the focal purpose of this watch is its dial, with its luxuriously shaded enamel segments cut up by gold and its gold numerals, markers and hands. Yet, the case is also a classic beauty. Its fancy hauls call to mind today’s Cornes de Vache chronographs and, obviously, the 1950s-era watches that utilized these expressive cow-horn style drags. The watch is controlled by the manually twisted in-house caliber 4400, which beats at 28,800 vph. 

Les Cabinotiers Openworked Tourbillon High Jewelry

There’s a great deal going on with this piece, to such an extent that it’s not evident where to take a gander right away. Skeletonization, development decoration, high complications, and, obviously, adornments setting are all on display with this extraordinary tourbillon from Les Cabinotiers. The development being referred to is a skeletonized rendition of Vacheron’s legendary 14-day manually twisted tourbillon, the caliber 2260 (this one is the caliber 2260 SQ).

The 46mm white-gold case is set with 238 baguette cut diamonds (8.60 carats), the dial with 48 baguette diamonds (.50 carats), and even the crown is set with 20 diamonds, adding an extra .20 carats. This isn’t the sort of inconspicuous beauty that the Caravelle above is. Yet, it’s something extraordinary, to say the least.

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